One man is dead after he was stuck in a tanker at a JOBE Materials quarry on Saturday morning. According to the El Paso Fire Department, the 58-year-old employee fell unconscious before they could rescue him from inside the tanker.
The workers were cleaning out the tankers at the JOBE Avispa Quarry on North Desert Boulevard according to the Fire Department. It was reported that three workers were stuck in the tanker, one managing to get out on their own. Other employees were trying to get the other two when the rescue workers arrived.
The Fire Department also said that the workers became ill while they were inside the tanker, which could be because of the fumes inside. JOBE Materials is a concrete and asphalt manufacturer. On their website they say that safety is a top priority and one man who says he works for the company agrees.
According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health, there are wide ranges of health effects that can be caused by working directly with cement. The main problems with cement is when it comes in contact with skin, eyes, or inhalation, they say that the risk associated with injury depends on the duration and level of exposure and individual sensitivity.
According to OSHA, more than 250,000 people work in concrete manufacturing. Over 10 percent of those workers, 28,000, experience a job related injury or illness and 42 die each year.